Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell lit up Notre Dame's defense on Saturday in South Bend, completing pass after pass against the Fighting Irish and overcoming cramps to lead the No. 14 Sooners to a huge win in hostile territory.
Two weeks after torching Tulsa to the tune of 413 yards and four touchdowns through the air in his first career start under center, Bell was in control from the very start in Week 5, playing patient and under control throughout, per ESPN.com's Jake Trotter:
Win or lose, Blake Bell has been magnificent today -- how did he not originally win the job in the preseason??— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 28, 2013
While Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees was busy turning the ball over, Bell was steady, throwing strikes (22 of 30 for 232 yards and two touchdowns) and, more importantly, avoiding any critical mistakes.
Bell was also impressive on the ground, averaging nearly five yards per carry to power the Sooners' ground attack.
With back-to-back stellar starts now under his belt, Bell has to be the No. 1 option under center for Oklahoma moving forward. He has slightly more experience than freshman Trevor Knight and clearly offers more as a passer at this point in the season.